I was doing a photo shoot during the sound check for “Femme Fatale,” performed by the YAO (Young Artist Orchestra), a part of the DYAO (Denver Young Artist Orchestra).
Lily Chang © 2018
Hearing and watching young musicians preparing for the first big concert of the season was inspiring and wonderful. It was a joy to experience.
They played repertoire including:
- “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman,” by Joan Tower
- “Carmen, Suite No. 2,” by Georges Bizet
- “Prelude” and “Act II” of Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi
DYAO began its partnership with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, this year. I’m guessing the YAO borrowed vocalists from that alliance for this performance. I’m not sure.
When the soloists came out, I was blown away. Everyone was impressive, but one particular singer, a soprano, caught my attention — a beautiful person with an amazing operatic voice. I have no idea where she came from or where she is in her career.
What I do know is I was drawn in by this gorgeous soprano with a rich and amazing tone.
She unknowingly encouraged me to just be me and that that can be beautiful, too.
Sounds good. That’s good, especially as I try to work my way through “Venite, inginocchiatevi!” in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro.